Social Reproduction Theory and the Socialist Horizon: Work, Power and Political Strategy

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    Aaron Jaffe

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 208 pages

    ISBN: 9780745340548

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How can we use Social Reproduction Theory to inform political strategy?

How do we integrate the theoretical underpinnings of Social Reproduction Theory (SRT) into our understanding of the social harms inflicted upon us? How can we use it to inform our struggles and affect societal change under capitalism?

Integrating our understanding of productive and reproductive spheres and exploring the connection between identity-based oppression and class exploitation, SRT has emerged as a powerful Marxist frame for social analysis and political practice. In this book, Aaron Jaffe extracts SRT's radical potential, relying on recent struggles, including the International Women's Strike and the teachers' strikes, showing how we can use SRT to motivate socialist politics and strategy.

Using Social Reproduction Theory to appreciate distinct forms of social domination, this unique and necessary book will have vital strategic implications for anti-capitalists, anti-racists, LGBT activists, disability activists and feminists.

About the Author

Aaron Jaffe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Arts at The Juilliard School in New York. His articles have appeared in Comparative Literature and Culture, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and other journals. He has written chapters in The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and Critical Theories and the Budapest School.

What People Are Saying

"Timely, urgent and highly original. Jaffe provides social reproduction theory with a sustained discussion of its ethical stakes and implicit assumptions, offering important theoretical and philosophical tools to make us able to wage political struggle, and possibly win." Cinzia Arruzza

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cinzia Arruzza
Introduction: Why Theorize Social Reproduction?
1. Social Reproduction Theories as Frameworks for Empirical Analysis
2. Power as Potentiality or the Critical Dimension of Labor Power
3. The Question of Immanence and the Social Form of Labor Power
4. The Body and Gender in Social Reproduction Theory
5. Reproducing Intersections and Social Reproduction
6. The Socialist Horizon of Emancipation
7. Social Reproduction Theory and Political Strategy

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